Volunteering New Zealand kicks off its National Volunteer Week this month. The week runs from June 21 to 27 and the theme is working together.
Warkworth Lions Club member Peter Henderson says the club’s activities over the last 50 years point to the importance of volunteers to the Warkworth community. Activities have included constructing the Warkworth wharf and information kiosk, and the bird feeder platform in Parry Kauri Park.
The club is currently involved in a walkway project relating to the Daldy Coombes Lime kilns on the riverbank opposite the town centre.
Each July, club members spend a weekend at Camp Bentzon, Kawau Island, performing maintenance and cutting firewood, and it develops youth further with its Young Speechmakers and Young Ambassadors programmes.
The club helps run the Warkworth Rotary/Lions Food Rescue scheme and the annual Kowhai Festival and Mahurangi Winter Festival of Lights.
During the Covid-19 crisis and the Australian Bushfire Appeal, Warkworth Lions were joined by volunteers who were willing to work under the Warkworth Lions umbrella to help those in need. They participated in the Mahurangi Caremongers programme, which assisted the vulnerable during Covid-19, and raised $22,400 for Mahurangi Bushfire Aid.
Info: Warkworth Lions, phone: David Scott 422 2216